German Chancellor Merkel was met by protests in Portugal, where she met with Prime Minister Coelho. Merkel was met with mockery, as she painted a positive picture of the country's future.
Eurozone finance ministers have struck a deal allowing Greece to access a fresh round of bailout money, after a marathon round of talks. Negotiations were tough and contentious, according to diplomats.
EU finance ministers are meeting in Brussels to consider granting 10.3 billion euros in urgently needed funds to cash-strapped Greece. But how to reduce the country's massive debt burden will likely be a sticking point.
After Greece adopted a new set of reforms, eurozone finance ministers have closed in on a deal to unlock vital cash for Athens. Debt relief was discussed, setting the stage for a showdown between the IMF and Germany.
Joblessness in the euro currency area fell slightly in February as growth remained tepid. The sovereign debt crisis is still hampering job creation in Greece and Spain, while the German labor market continues to shine.
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